The Problem of Selecting an Equivalent in the Translation Process (on the Material of English and Russian Proverbs on the Topic of Happiness)

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Abstract

The article is based on reflections on the specificity of such a unit of linguocultural and cognitive order as paremia. One group of proverbs dedicated to happiness is identified, which is due to the increased interest of the world community, both scientific and economic, in the problems of happiness. Analysing the difficulties encountered by translators in translating the proverbs, the authors of the article focus the attention on the difficulty of finding the most suitable equivalent of the translated phraseological unit in the target language. The article is devoted to the analysis of the methods used by translators in their search for equivalents when translating English proverbs and sayings (particularly, about happiness) into Russian. The paper presents the classification of proverbs in terms of how equivalents are selected for them.

General Information

Keywords: proverbs and sayings, translation, Russian and English, intercultural communication, equivalent

Journal rubric: General and Comparative Historical Linguistics

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/langt.2021080301

Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 20-512-23007

Received: 01.09.2021

Accepted:

For citation: Rudakova S.V., Dudlya O.A. The Problem of Selecting an Equivalent in the Translation Process (on the Material of English and Russian Proverbs on the Topic of Happiness) [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2021. Vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 4–13. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2021080301. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Svetlana V. Rudakova, Doctor of Philology, Head of Department of Linguistics and Literature, Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University, Magnitogorsk, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8378-061X, e-mail: rudakovamasu@mail.ru

Olesya A. Dudlya, student, Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University, Magnitogorsk, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7658-6093, e-mail: o.dudlia2015@yandex.ru

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